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To the editor:
This letter is in response to my recent column in the Pioneer. Afterward, Steve Holcomb pointed out to me that his “vague motion for picnic tables” was not a motion about picnic tables; but was instead a motion about pavilions. My statement was a reference to a motion of Mr. Holcomb’s at a recent city council meeting. Mr. Holcomb also pointed out that he knew I was not at that meeting. Mr. Holcomb, I apologize for misstating the topic of your motion.
I also owe Debra Jones an apology. Apparently, I offended her with my column in the fact that I was expressing my opinion without having attended any recent council meetings. Mrs. Jones, I apologize for any offense. Most importantly, my column was not meant as a personal attack on any individuals of the council or Marcus Collins. I have no personal ill will toward any of the individuals, however strongly I may disagree with any of them. Having made these statements, the sentiment of my column remains unchanged.
In as much as I particularly hated to miss last week’s debate due to illness, I do not feel that we, as residents, must attend all council meetings to have a good understanding of what direction our city has taken. A friend of mine once cautioned me to not lose sight of the forest for the trees. I would suggest that paying close attention to the current state of the city from outside of the council chambers has allowed me (and most residents) a perspective that may have been lost inside those chambers.
I want to now take this opportunity to say “thank you” to the many people who have made it a point to comment about my column. I mentioned in it that I have come to feel that many people share my concern for our city. I have heard “Thank you” or “Good Job” countless times in person, through voicemails, in texts and through an online social network. I feel that all of the comments have validated my thoughts and opinions. I cannot return the gratitude that you have shown me, but I will try. Again, I say: Thank you!
Whether or not you agree with me, we all have the opportunity to state our opinion on March 1.
Jason S. Cason